It’s been a little under two years since my husband and I came to embrace Reformed Theology. Most people really don’t care, but every once in a while I am asked about our decision. In short, I respond by saying that I believe what John Calvin taught because I believe in the Bible. Reformed Theology is biblical. Since coming to understand Scriptures in light of John Calvin’s teachings, I have never been on such solid theological footing.
It’s always nice to read a commentary after studying a portion of scripture and get confirmation that you are on the right track. In the same vein, I like it when someone of spritual authority (like Charles Spurgeon!) captures with clarity exactly what I think — only better, of course.
Below please find in Spurgeon’s own words, why he believes the Gospel cannot be preached unless we preach what is “nowadays called Calvinism.” And, for the record, to the few that do care, I’m with Spurgeon!
“I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what is nowadays called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel…unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called.”
C.H. Spurgeon, The Early Years, Autobiography, Vol.1, p.172
If you are interested in learning more about John Calvin and what is known as Reformed Theology, I highly recommend this book.